Most people often go into business for themselves because they want to enhance their lifestyle and work/life balance. This can certainly work for you if you get it right. Regardless of what business you are in, nearly every business owner faces the same frustrations at some point in time.
Whether you are stressed and exhausted or always short of time and money, identifying the issues that your business faces and setting long-term goals will help you to make the changes that are necessary to get you back on track.
As a small business owner, the following five key frustrations can contribute to feelings of dissatisfaction with your business.
1. Cash Flow
For many business owners, the ideas never seem to run out but the money does. Cash flow is not simply about how much you are earning or what you think you can earn. A good cash flow is about managing what comes in and what goes out to ensure that you always have cash in the bank, especially when your bills are due. Business decisions should never be made on your bank balance alone.
2. Feeling Lonely
If you are running a business on your own then it can be daunting and often lonely. Even if you have staff to manage, it is easy to feel lonely and isolated as you are ultimately responsible for the success or failure of your business. Many business owners also do not like to burden their families with their business frustrations and so this too can add to the sense of loneliness.
3. Dysfunctional Team Members
Usually a dysfunctional team starts with the business owner. When you set out to hire staff, you want to focus on hiring people who will help you achieve your success as the wrong people will only hold your business back. It is in the haste of needing someone yesterday that you will compromise for the sake of filling that position. If you can afford the time to wait for the right person, then it is in your best interests to do so.
4. Exhaustion, Stress and Lack of Time
When someone decides they want to own their own business it is because they think it will enhance their lifestyle and give them a work/life balance they previously did not have. If your business is struggling then the opposite will happen.
The knee-jerk reaction is to work harder and put in more hours which means you will have even less time on your hands. Before doing this though, you should stop and take a good look at what is causing the problems or holding you back. Feeling exhausted and stressed is definitely not the idea of an enhanced lifestyle. It will also cause you to make poor decisions which will only lead to more stress.
It’s great to identify what changes need to be made but unless you do something about it, things will only get worse. Not being able to make a decision causes “paralysis by analysis”. This is where a situation is over analysed and so a decision is never made or an action is never taken.
In order to succeed, whatever is holding your business back must be identified so that you can work towards fixing it. We can help you identify areas that need to be changed in your business as well as helping you implement a plan of action. Contact us today to get started.